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J&K Admin plans exposure visits for 10,343 Panchayat representatives outside UT

By: Nasir Azam

Srinagar, May 29: In a move at enhancing the capacity of representatives of the Panchayat Raj institutions (PRIs) in Jammu & Kashmir, the government plans to conduct exposure visits of 10343 elected representatives outside the UT during the ongoing fiscal.

Documents accessed by news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) lay bare that administration of the UT will send 10343 elected representatives outside the UT during the ongoing financial year for cross -learning and getting first-hand experience of the good work done by similar institutions in other states and Union Territories.

The term of Panchayats and Block Development Councils in J&K is coming to end in January 2024. There are strong possibilities that district development councils would also be dissolved when the term of Panchayats and BDCs would end.

The documents state that both the capacity building & training and exposure visits are resource intensive and are to be carried out simultaneously and accomplished at least three months prior to the expiry of the term of the PRIs at panchayat/block level by January, 2024.

It is worthwhile to mention that M/s. Positive Moves (India) Consulting Private Ltd. has been hired as an agency for conduct of ‘capacity building & training, including training –cum- exposure visits and related IEC activities’.

The Centre has approved Rs 69.94 crore for the capacity building & training programs for the elected representatives (ERs) of all the three tiers of Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) of J&K.

The funding has been approved under Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan (RGSA) for the financial year 2023-24 which was submitted by the UT of J&K and considered subsequently by the central empowered committee in the Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Government of India, in its meeting held on March 17, 2023. —(KNO)


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